Patrick Girouard

Patrick Girouard – Designer

With 30+ years illustrating picture books, I can create eye catching images that invite readers into your story and make them want to stay.


When I was growing up my teachers constantly scolded me for drawing monsters, robots, and aliens during class. Then I finished growing up and illustrated my first book. (It was about monsters, robots, and aliens.) Success is the best revenge.

My clients include Sesame Street, Scholastic, Oxford University Press, Child's World, Sterling/Pinwheel, Children's Press, Igloo Books, National Geographic, Kid City, Spider, Weekly Reader, Click Magazine, Highlights, and USA Today. I look forward to working with you to help bring your story to life with humor, warmth, and imagination.


Patrick G. illustrated my book, "Parker Pig Goes to Yoga," and I owe my book success to him! His illustrations far exceeded my wildest dreams and expectations! Highly recommend Patrick as an illustrator to anyone with words on a page! He made my book come to life!! Forever grateful for Patrick! Namaste!
- Stacey Alysson, Author

I've worked with Patrick G. for over 10 years, and he is both a fabulous illustrator and a consummate professional. His illustrations are truly timeless in style — he illustrated covers for Scholastic workbooks over 10 years ago and they are still among the top 10 bestselling educational products at retail. Patrick is versatile, able to produce fun, whimsical scenes with kids, adults, animals, or anthropomorphic critters. I admit I'm partial to his underwater scenes and his anthropomorphized insects. The folks at Highlights loved his ant scenes so much they created a separate category called "Antics" to feature them.
- Sharon Streger, Sequel Creative

Patrick illustrated a book for me for kids 4-8. I hired him because I fell in love with his work. It is whimsical and funny, and "gets" the mind of a child. I loved his use of colors, which make his images as beautiful as stained glass. He was wonderful to work with: warm, funny, patient, professional, good with communication, and with great ideas for bringing a story to life. Just an all around mensch with an incredible talent.
- Lisa Scheffer, Catadon Press

Patrick is an incredibly gifted visual storyteller, a strong collaborator, and a clear communicator. We hired him to illustrate the cover of a book poems written by elementary schoolers, entitled "The Light You Need." Patrick went above and beyond our expectations to bring our students' work to life—he selected four different stories with strong visual elements to incorporate into the covers, which made for beautifully playful imagery that let students know we value their voices and creativity. Working with Patrick was an honor and a pleasure, and we can't wait for the next opportunity to hire him!
- Abi Humber, 826CHI

I'm always happy to work with Patrick G. His work is fun and colorful with just the right tone for our young readers. Projects are a painless process with Patrick! He's a real pro.
- Kelley Lanuto, Highlights Hive Five

I needed a great illustration on a tight schedule, and Patrick delivered wonderfully. Beautiful work! Can't wait to work with him again.
- Ben Carpenter, Denton County Magazine

Children’s Non-Fiction
  • African American Literature Club’s Bestseller for "Different and the Same"
  • Science Books and Films Best Books Award for "Yikes Lice!"
  • Society of School Librarians International Honor Book for "I Have a Weird Brother Who Digested a Fly"
  • Highlights High Five 2014 Illustrator of the Year

Work experience


Nov, 1989 — Present

My client list can attest to the broad range of the skills that I bring to your project. They include National Geographic, USA Today, Reader's Digest, Subway, Northwestern University, Purdue University, Sesame Street, Scholastic, Kid City, Click Magazine, Oxford University Press, Sterling/Pinwheel, Igloo Books, Ranger Rick, Compass Point Books, Paper Magic, Gibson, Current, American Greetings, and Albert Whitman & Company.

Over the course of my career I have worked both independently and as a member of a team to complete assignments. I am a detail oriented self starter, but can easily collaborate with others to get the job done professionally and on time.

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Lamar G.

Lamar G.

May, 2023

Patrick is amazing and brought my story to life better than I expected. I can't believe the attention and detail he put into the project which ultimately brings the story to life. I would highly recommend anyone hire Patrick for your children's book as he is an unbelievably good at illustrating and imagining what the author and reader would like. I will definitely hire Patrick again for mor...
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Patrick G.
My collaboration with Mr. Golden has been a pleasure from start to finish. He was wide open to suggestions and ideas, quick to respond to any questions I had, and always positive and encouraging. H...
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